Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball, Annie Oakley, T-Rex, Queen Elizabeth, Sacagawea, Christopher Columbus and, of course, Abraham Lincoln, recently paid a visit to Lincoln Elementary School for PARP Kick-off assembly with the theme of a Night at the Museum. Staff members created a skit that revolved around the popular movie to encourage students to read for 15 minutes a day or more at home. The assembly was part of the school’s PARP (Parent as Reading Partners Program). This year’s theme is The Magic of Reading.
“We put on the PARP program every year to encourage reading at home and help students find the fun in reading,” said Anastasia Swanson, Lincoln Reading Specialist. “Students who spend more time reading are more likely to be successful in school and in their future. The theme was picked primarily because it sounded fun and we knew we could do a lot with the theme.”
As part of PARP, students are asked to read at home with an adult, 15 minutes or more a day, five days a week. Students return slips signed by a parent or guardian each Monday. The school provides prizes for the students who do the required reading with the chance to win books at the end. The class with the greatest percentage of readers will also earn a pizza party.
Lincoln will also hold daily trivia contest about reading and museums on the morning announcements, a class call-in at the end of the day and a door-decorating contest revolving around the museum theme with different parts of the building decorating like: an air and space museum, natural history museum, science museum and art museum. The final PARP assembly will include a juggler.